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Family risk of dyslexia is continuous: Individual differences in the precursors of reading skills

Snowling, M.J., Gallagher, A. and Frith, U. (2003) Family risk of dyslexia is continuous: Individual differences in the precursors of reading skills. Child Development, 74 (2). pp. 358-373. ISSN 1467-8624

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Abstract

The development of 56 children at family risk of dyslexia was followed from the age of 3 years, 9 months to 8 years. In the high-risk group, 66% had reading disabilities at age 8 years compared with 13% in a control group from similar, middle-class backgrounds. However, the family risk of dyslexia was continuous, and high-risk children who did not fulfil criteria for reading impairment at 8 years performed as poorly at age 6 as did high-risk impaired children on tests of grapheme–phoneme knowledge. The findings are interpreted within an interactive model of reading development in which problems in establishing a phonological pathway in dyslexic families may be compensated early by children who have strong language skills.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Psychology (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2009 13:42
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2009 13:42
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8624.7402003
Status: Published
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Identification Number: 10.1111/1467-8624.7402003
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/5860

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